It seems here in the U.P. it can’t get warm. Had a couple of days in the 60’s, but it looks like next week will be in the 50’s again with 40’s at night. Well, it is a nice long season for the tulips which are just beginning to blossom, and the daffodils are still doing their thing. The lilacs are just beginning to show flower buds. We’re about 2 weeks later than normal. And it looks like it will be mostly cloudy for the next week with some showers. My tomato plants are tucked into their wals o’ water, and a lot of other things in my new little greenhouse. One way to look at it is that it has given me time to keep up with my own flower garden as well as prepare for a bunch of others. Hopefully I can keep ahead of my own weeds, and get some perennials divided!
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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